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Drink, Smoke Weed, Wreck Water District Truck, Get Fired –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On November 3, 2021

Oliver, IL. (ECWd) –

A now-former employee of the Clark-Edgar Rural Water District, Cole Livvix, decided, according to reputable sources, to take the District’s pickup truck to a Halloween party last Saturday night.

Early Sunday morning, at approximately 5:00 a.m., he wrecked the district’s truck by running off the road, into a culvert and across a driveway and a ditch coming to rest in the grass. He did not call anyone to report the accident at that time.

When the Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies showed up on the scene, he told them that he was using the District’s truck for personal use and had been consuming alcohol and smoking weed – which is why he did not call in the accident when it happened because he was scared due to his alcohol consumption and weed smoking.

He was cited by the Sheriff’s Department for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

He was terminated from his employment Monday morning.

Pics below, and Incident Report at the bottom:

Livvix crash_Redacted



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  • Nunya
    Posted at 16:36h, 03 November

    That’ll buff out. Just need some 5 grit on one of them
    ride on floor polishers!

    Was he on the job when the accident happened?

  • Judith Jenkins
    Posted at 17:42h, 03 November

    No drugs and alcohol test? Did I read that right? Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident is not enough. He should be treated and charged according to law. Termination of employment and failure to reduce speed is not enough.

  • Golden Country
    Posted at 21:21h, 03 November

    Why do they need to test him? He admitted to using drugs and alcohol and driving. I am sure the state attorney will add charges. Dumb Kid will learn you never ever ever admit to anything like that.

  • Sandy Gray
    Posted at 04:00h, 04 November

    Really, what is wrong with this person? Drinking is bad enough but smoking weed just adds to the problem. Consider what could have happened had there been another car or innocent person involved who was seriously injured or killed. Company truck is stupid, he should have been in his own vehicle.
    Had he been drinking or smoking on the job before he got off work?
    Don’t let him walk away from this without severely punishing him. The next time could be his death or someone elses.

  • Greg G
    Posted at 09:26h, 04 November

    Did Barney take him to the Mayberry jail and let him sleep it off then let him go?

    You must remember this is Edgar County!

  • Sgt. Joe Friday (LAPD Ret.)
    Posted at 07:28h, 06 November

    The first thing that came to mind was: Why wasn’t he charged with “Failed To Immediately Notify Police of Motor Vehicle Accident (Damage in Excess of $1,500.00” ?

    625 ILCS 5/11-407 (a) states (in part): “The driver of a vehicle which is in any manner involved in an accident described in Section 11-406 (Injury, Death OR Damage in excess of $1,500.00) of this Chapter shall, if no police officer is present, give notice of the accident by the fastest available means of communication to the local police department if such accident occurs within a municipality or otherwise to the nearest office of the county sheriff or nearest headquarters of the Illinois State Police.”

    I’m not throwing rocks, and I’m not alleging this individual was DUI at the time of the crash but according to the article, he told deputies that he had been consuming alcohol and smoking weed, and that’s why he didn’t call them immediately. Voila!! Section 11-407 (a) is intended and has always been used as the back-up or catch-all when a suspected DUI or some other violator failed to report a crash in a timely manner so as to mitigate their culpability. More times than not, in my and my colleagues’ experience, people who failed to immediately report motor vehicle crashes are just that…DUI Alcohol, DUI Drugs (Cannabis/Other), or some other factor has placed them in legal jeopardy.

    It’s always up to the officer’s discretion depending upon the credibility of the evidence and totality of the circumstances at the time of the incident/reporting, but the article seemed to indicate that he was culpable of other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.